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An electric interlude!

Posted in China, Pingzhuang by folkestonejack on January 18, 2011

Around midday we headed up to the stabling point for the electric locomotives used in the open cast mine.

It was a pleasure to see two East German built LEW electric locomotives (7364 and 7324) on the tracks behind the industrial complex at Zhuangmei – with one train tipping out its load wagon by wagon for transfer to yet more wagons at a lower level. A third LEW electric passed by on its way into the open cast mine.

Three LEW electrics at Pingzhuang

Three LEW electrics at Pingzhuang

We took a wander to the edge of the open cast mine and had a look in. It seemed like a fascinating system (although clearly long past its glory days) and I would have loved to spend days exploring the place and photographing these incredible electric veterans in this environment but we definetly didn’t have that quantity of time to spare! I just felt lucky to have had this opportunity at all as this was, after all, a trip to see the last steam survivors.

Electric locomotives 7326 and 7328 on the upper level of the open cast coal mine at Pingzhuang

Electric locomotives 7326 and 7328 on the upper level of the open cast coal mine at Pingzhuang

Electric locomotive 7370 on one of the lower levels of the open cast mine at Pingzhuang

Electric locomotive 7370 on one of the lower levels of the open cast mine at Pingzhuang

The other LEW electrics seen in and around the pit were 6707, 7326, 7328 and 7370 but this was clearly just the tip of the iceberg (some reports have mentioned 37 electric locomotives). I’d love to find out more about the workings in the opencast mine and will be an eager reader of any future reports on the activity there.

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